How to Care for Mynah Birds

Three Parts:Setting up the cageProviding basicsProviding enrichment and socialization

Mynah birds are distinctive looking and very sociable soft-bill birds capable of making a variety of melodious sounds. These are one of the best "talkers" among birds. Some of these birds can become quite loud; therefore, they are not recommended for people who live in apartments, or anyone else who prefers a quiet environment. The rarer Mynah birds are banned from being taken from the wild, but the common Mynah is considered pest species in non-native countries. For effective care of these special birds, you should know all important information about these birds.

Part 1
Setting up the cage

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    Provide the best quality cages and accessories for the Mynah bird. The cage should provide easy access for cleaning as well as room for privacy. The ideal cage size for these birds should be 36” long by 36” wide by 48” high, and bar spacing should be ½”. In most cases, more spacious cages are preferable for the birds.
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    Provide perches. Place a variety of perches made from different materials and of diameters in a mynah’s cage. The perches’ diameters should be 1” and should be placed in front of food and water dishes.

Part 2
Providing basics

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    Feed the birds easy-to-swallow food. Mynahs are omnivorous birds. They would naturally eat a huge variety of fruits as well as insects, larva, lizards, amphibians, small snakes, eggs, baby birds, baby rodents and scavenge for garbage occasionally. They do not chew/bite their food into pieces like parrots do; therefore, it is important that food is presented in bite size pieces.
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    Ensure exercise needs. Mynah birds that are hand fed and socialized since their birth can be let out of their cages to fly around in the room. However, keep in mind that these are not a hands-on bird and can’t be handled like parrots.
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    Allow the birds to groom. Mynah birds require bathing facilities on a daily basis. This facility can be as simple as just placing a shallow dish with water inside the cage of the birds. Make sure to change the water of dish on regular basis, as the droppings will likely mingle in with the dish water throughout the day.

Part 3
Providing enrichment and socialization

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    Provide playthings and interaction. Make arrangements for toys and other playful things for the birds. Mynah birds enjoy toys as well as interacting with their owners. These are highly sociable birds, hence need daily contact with their people. Mynah birds become so attached to their owners that they like to sit on the shoulder of their human friend and love to preen his/her hair.
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    Consider training. Try begin training at an early age. Mynah birds are more easily trained when these are hand fed from birth. These birds mimic what people say or what they whistle. If you whistle, these birds may decide to whistle instead of talking.

Things You'll Need

  • Properly sized bird cages
  • A few toys
  • A variety of perches, though one must be wooden
  • Food and water bowls
  • Low-iron treats
  • Mynah pellets
  • Bird bath
  • Misting bottle
  • Play gym
  • Nest box

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Categories: General Bird Care